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- What is oxazepam-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- Is oxazepam-oral available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for oxazepam-oral?
- What are the uses for oxazepam-oral?
- What are the side effects of oxazepam-oral?
- What is the dosage for oxazepam-oral?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with oxazepam-oral?
- Is oxazepam-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about oxazepam-oral?
What is oxazepam-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- Oxazepam (Serax, Zaxopam) is a member of a class of anti-anxiety medications called benzodiazepines. Other members of the benzodiazepine class include alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clobazam (Onfi), diazepam (Valium), estazolam (Prosom), flurazepam (Dalmane), midazolam (Versed), lorazepam (Ativan), temazepam (Restoril), and triazolam (Halcion). It helps relieve anxiety by enhancing the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter (a chemical that nerve cells use to communicate with each other) that inhibits activity in the brain. It is thought that excessive activity of nerves in the brain may be the cause of anxiety and other psychological disorders. Benzodiazepines such as oxazepam help to relieve anxiety by increasing the effects of GABA in the brain and spinal cord.
- Oxazepam was approved by the FDA in June, 1965.
Is oxazepam-oral available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for oxazepam-oral?
What are the uses for oxazepam-oral?
What are the side effects of oxazepam-oral?
The most common side effects associated with oxazepam treatment are
Other side effects include
- a feeling of depression,
- loss of orientation,
- sleep disturbance,
- decreased libido,
- excitement, and
- memory impairment.
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